Spaghetti al Cartoccio {Spaghetti in Parchment}

I don’t know too many people that don’t enjoy spaghetti. I mean what’s not to love after all? Long luscious noodles, that you can spin and twirl to your hearts content. And they can be topped with a plethora {I just love that word} of sauces. Tomato, cream, meat, cheese, wine, and the list goes on and on. Delicious, inexpensive, and cook in a flash! Again, what’s not to love ; )

You know I obviously LURVE spaghetti. And I’m sure you all know by now that Spaghetti alla Carbonara is my ultimate favorite, I get goose bumps just thinking about it. You also know there’s not a pasta dish that I’m not fond of ; ) Just sayin. Spaghetti al Cartoccio is simply Italian for Spaghetti in parchment. If you’ve not baked with parchment this is an incredibly FUN and new way to enjoy a dish.

Parchment packs make a fantastic presentation. You set them down, carefully {we don’t want you to burn yourself now} open then and then watch as steam clouds come pouring out, and then as if on key you’ll hear the ooohs and aaaahs from your table guests. You can make one giant parchment packet OR I really like to do individual packets for each guest. Seems a little more special that way. And hello the cleanup couldn’t be easier ; )

This is a simple dish that comes together quickly. It’s a classic combination of fresh tomatoes, capers, herbs, and *smiling* Parmigiano Reggiano. Swoon! You could easily make these ahead of time and then just pop them into the oven when your guests arrive.

Baci!

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What you’ll need:
2 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf Italian parsley – chopped
2 cups fresh roma tomatoes – chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
salt/pepper
1 pound spaghetti {I like Barilla}
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano – grated
2  tablespoons fresh basil – chopped
1 tablespoon capers – drained 

What to do:
1. Into a large saute pan add the oil, parsley and garlic and cook over medium heat for approx 1 minute {do not let garlic brown} Add the tomatoes and wine. Season with salt and pepper and allow to come to a boil. Stir often. Once boiling, reduce heat to LOW and simmer for approx 15-20 minutes. Stirring as necessary.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling, add  spaghetti and cook until al dente. Reserve some of the pasta water in case needed. Drain spaghetti and set aside.

3. WHILE pasta and sauce are cooking, prepare your parchment paper packets. For a large packet you’ll need approx 24″ of parchment paper that has been doubled for thickness. If you’re making individual packets they should be approx 6″ of parchment paper {again doubled for thickness} It’s better to have MORE parchment than less.

4. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it to the saute pan and toss to combine. Spread the spaghetti lengthwise onto the parchment paper. Sprinkle with cheese, capers & basil.

5. Fold the top of the parchment paper over {like you would fold a lunch bag} and then twist the sides. Place parchment packs onto a baking/cookie sheet and bake for approx 8-10 minutes.

Buon Appetito!

Note:  for my gluten free friends. You can easily make this dish gluten free by substituting gluten free spaghetti!

26 Comments

  1. 1

    Paula,
    I’ve done the Pompano en papillote, the world famous preparation originated by Jules Alciatore at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans back in the 1800′s, but have never thought of using this technique for anything other than seafood.

    Tres magnificant et bon appetit!
    CCR
    =:~)

  2. 2

    this is SO fancy! i love it :)

  3. 3

    Super yum! I bet that smells out of this world good!

  4. 4
    Eva C /

    This looks fabulous……..can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5

    I can’t believe I have never heard of parchment packs…how fun!

  6. 6

    Love it, going to make it this weekend. My wife is Italian so I’m sure this one will be a winner in our house.
    Thanks
    Paul

    http://www.pantryblogger.com/

  7. 7

    Love it, will give it a try this weekend, my wife is Italian so I’m sure it will be a hit in our house

  8. 8

    Love the presentation Paula :)

  9. 9

    Paula,
    this looks amazing..!!!
    thanks for sharing.

  10. 10

    oooohs and aaaahhhhs

  11. 11

    Amazing way to do spaghetti.

  12. 12

    What a cool idea. I love that it makes a great presentation with such little cleanup

  13. 13

    Paula, Paula, Paula my word this is true Italian comfort food. I am ashamed to say I have never cooked with capers…….<;{

  14. 14

    What a great presentation! Looks so yummy and fun!

  15. 15

    I’ve never made a meal in parchment before, but your spaghetti looks and sounds fantastic! I’ll definitely have to try the parchment trick sometime :)

  16. 16

    Now this is different, well done.

  17. 17

    This looks so incredibly good!!!

  18. 18

    I love the presentation! How fun.

  19. 19

    The parchment trick sounds interesting, but more importantly, the spaghetti . . . oh my goodness! Looks wonderful!

  20. 20

    Great idea. have done parchment for fish but not spaghetti. try have to give this a go.

  21. 21

    Love this idea and presentation and your photos are mouth-watering.

  22. 22

    What a great idea! I like chicken “en papillote,” but never thought to serve pasta this way! I bet my daughter would love to eat her spaghetti out of little packets…

  23. 23

    I’ve never seen pasta cooked like this. Thanks for sharing, I must try it out

  24. 24

    What’s not to love, indeed! This looks delicious. Funny, in all my years of cooking I haven’t yet made this dish. May be time for a try!

  25. 25

    YUM this looks delicious! What an interesting concept, too! FABULOUS!!

  26. 26

    Very interesting (and lovely) presentation for spaghetti!

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